FAQs for Scholars (J-1 and H-1B)

Updated August 26, 2020

Will you be coming to Yale this semester? Check out the Arriving at Yale in Spring 2021 page.

In addition to the FAQs below please continue to monitor university and department-specific policy regarding the fall semester, including the phased Research Reactivation plans and the communication about the Fall semester from President Salovey and Provost Strobel.


Getting Help From OISS

The OISS advising staff are working full-time remotely since the International Center is closed. Please contact your adviser directly to set up a phone call or Zoom appointment. For information on how to obtain updated visa documentation see below.

J-1 Scholars at Yale Who Are Not Able to Go Home

J-1 Scholars at Yale Departing/Returning Home Early

Please coordinate any early departure (leaving before the end of your appointment / DS-2019 end date) with your Yale department. Once a departure plan has been established, please contact your OISS adviser to confirm so that we can update your record with the government. It is important to report early departures to prevent difficulties in returning to the U.S. at a later time.

Continuing J-1 Scholars Working Remotely

J-1 Scholars Who Have Not Yet Arrived in the U.S.

Note 1: Please review the most recent travel restrictions on the OISS COVID-19 Travel page.

Note 2: Please review the Yale Research Reactivition page to current phased re-opening policies.

J-1 Scholars Arriving or Returning to Campus

H-1B and O-1 Employees

H-1B and O-1 Employees Needing an Extension of Time

Please notify OISS at least 6 months in advance of any change of employment or need for an extension of visa status. Unfortunately an O-1 or H-1B extension is no quicker than a new petition, which takes about four months when there are no disruptions in the government. Given that we are now facing many changes to procedures related to COVID-19 it is best that scholars discuss options with their OISS adviser directly.